Princess Tea Party Recipes

Tea Party Recipes

Here is a very basic tea party rule of thumb: You must serve tea food. Absolutely no hot dogs or French fries; mac and cheese is forbidden. And tea is the appropriate beverage to serve, not Coke. Okay... now we have that cleared up. Whatdo you serve, then?
There are a few tea parties dishes that are the most common. Scones with clotted cream, tea sandwiches, and some sort of sweet treat for the end are generally on the menu. At our tea parties, chocolate dipped strawberries are a must! Here are some basic recipes, with some tips for sprucing them up if you want something a little fancier.
Basic Scones
2 C. flour
¼ C. sugar
2 t. baking powder
1/8 t. salt
1/3 C. butter
1 large egg, beaten
1 t. vanilla
½ cup cream
Extra sugar (optional)
Preheat oven to 375ºF. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. 
1. Whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Cut in butter and blend with a pastry blender or two knives. The mixture should be crumbly.
2. In a small bowl combine egg, vanilla and cream. Add to flour mixture. Stir just until combined. Knead dough gently on floured surface. 
To make a large round to cut after baking: Pat into a 7 in circle and place on cookie sheet. Sprinkle with extra sugar if desired. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until lightly browned and tester inserted comes out clean. Cut into wedges like a pizza.
To make individual scones: Drop by rounded cups on parchment. Sprinkle with extra sugar if desired. Bake for 15 minutes. 
Serve with Clotted Cream.
Apple Cinnamon: Add 2 teaspoons cinnamon (or to taste) to the dry ingredients in step 1. After mixing (before adding wet ingredients) stir in 1 medium apple, peeled and chopped. Continue with recipe as normal.
Cranberry Orange: Substitute orange extract for the vanilla extract and add ¾ cup dried cranberries to the end of step 1.
Raspberry White Chocolate: Knead in 6 oz. white chocolate chips and 1 cup frozen raspberries (do not thaw) at the end of step 2. Work quickly from there because the raspberries will start to thaw and it will get messy! 
Mock Clotted Cream
You can buy real clotted cream or make it yourself... but we like to just make our own “pretend” clotted cream.
1 cup sour cream
2 Tbsp. heavy cream
½ tsp. vanilla
1 Tbsp. sugar
Combine the sour cream and heavy cream until smooth. Add vanilla and sugar and blend well. Taste and adjust sweetness if necessary.
As with the scones, you can alter the flavor of the cream by the extract you use. You might add orange extract if you were making the Cranberry Orange Scones. Keep in mind that different extracts have different strengths so it is wise to add a small amount and increase as necessary.
Cucumber Sandwiches
12 slices white bread
1 (8 oz.) pkg. cream cheese
1 medium cucumber
fresh dill
salt to taste
Peel and thinly slice the cucumber. Spread a layer of cream cheese on each bread slice. Place the cucumber slices on the bread, layering if necessary. Sprinkle with salt and fresh dill. You can do open-face sandwiches or place two slices together like a traditional sandwich. Cut each bread slice into quarters and cut off the crusts (tea sandwiches never have crusts). If desired, you can mix in some dill with the cream cheese at the beginning.
Chicken Salad
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cooked
½ cup mayonnaise
2 ribs celery
¾ cup red grapes, sliced in half
Cut chicken breasts into bite sized pieces. Slice celery. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients and mix well.
Ways to serve chicken salad:
Sandwiches - put chicken salad as a filling between two slices of bread and cut into small finger sandwiches (remember, no crusts!).
In a lettuce leaf - if you are serving the chicken salad plain, you can fancy up the presentation by placing a lettuce leaf (ruffly lettuce is best, such as red leaf) on each person’s plate and placing the chicken salad on it.
Phyllo cups - by far the most elegant method of serving chicken salad. Purchase phyllo dough from your grocery store and follow the package directions for thawing. When ready to bake, cut the sheets into 2 to 3 inch squares and press into mini muffin cups. Bake according to package directions. When cooled, spoon the chicken salad into the cups. Delicious and impressive!
Ham & Marmalade Pinwheels
1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese, softened
2 Tbsp. orange marmalade
3 large flour tortillas
12 thin slices ham
Garnish: orange marmalade
In a small bowl, combine cream cheese and orange marmalade. Spread one third of the cream cheese mixture on to each flour tortilla. Place flour slices of ham on top of the cream cheese. Roll up tortillas and wrap tightly with plastic wrap. Chill one hour (or till ready to serve) and cut into spirals. Garnish with a small dollop of marmalade.
Experiment with different preserves you could substitute for the marmalade, or use turkey instead of ham.

Chocolate Dipped Strawberries
Chocolate chips OR store-bought chocolate shell
Wash strawberries and pat dry. If using the chocolate shell from the store, disregard this recipe and follow the instructions. 
 If using chocolate chips, bring a pan of water to an almost-boil. Remove from heat. Place chocolate in a saucepan and place the saucepan in the pan of hot water. Use enough chocolate to coat the amount of strawberries you have. Cover and let sit 5 to 10 minutes or until melted. Stir. Place a sheet of wax paper on a flat plate. Dip strawberries one by one into the melted chocolate and place on the plate. Let sit for about 10 to 15 minutes or until they begin to look hard. Loosely cover and place in refrigerator until needed.
Enjoy your tea party!

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